DIY to Save Money with Your Baby

Budgeting for a baby can be difficult, especially if it’s for your first. Many parents, and with the help of family and friends, believe buying everything “baby” they see in the store will make them feel more prepared. In the end, you’re actually not doing yourself any favors, and could be wasting a lot of money on things you don’t really need or might not even use. Yes, it’s important to keep your baby healthy and happy, and many of the things you’re worried about not having could be very beneficial at some point, but you don’t need to spend a whole down payment for a house on them. There are ways to spoil your baby without buying the softest, most expensive and all-natural baby pillow.

DIY crafts are great solutions for effective ways to save your money while also pampering your baby with charming and adorable things! Studies have shown a baby can cost anywhere from $12,000 to $26,000 in just the first year. You can cut that price down more than half by making your own products at home. Plus, your baby will look cuter in their handmade cloth diaper than in any regular diaper you could have bought at the store. Here are a few fun DIY ideas you can easily do at home to save money with your baby:

 

How to Deal with Separation AnxietyMake you Own Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapers are not only cute; they are also cost effective and safer for your baby’s skin. Compared to regular disposable diapers you can save more than $1,000 in the first year by making your own. Additionally, some brand name disposable diapers can contain chemicals and can cause diaper rash or other skin irritations to your baby’s skin. While cloth diapers may need to be changed and washed more often, they do not contain any chemicals. However, due to the fact the wetness will be more noticeable to your baby and you’ll have to endure in the hassle of washing and changing more often, it can actually promote faster potty training and in the long run you will save even more money! They are also easy to make and you can find help with the thousands of online tutorials. Here are step by step instructions from a cloth diapering blog I found useful: http://homespunaesthetic.com/2012/04/easy-pocket-cloth-diaper-tutorial.html

 

Make your Own Bibs

Baby bibs are just another thing that can easily save you money! Many bibs are expensive, and after one or two uses they could already be ruined by food or spit up. A good idea is to buy cheap t-shirts that are too big for your baby to use as their messy “food t-shirt.” They can dirty the t-shirt as much as they want, and then later on you can use it as a play shirt for when they are toddlers. Another idea is to use hand towels or cheap microfiber cloths you can buy at any dollar store and make them into bibs. Making your own handmade baby bibs are one of the easiest DIY crafts! If you plan to use an old hand towel you can find a bunch of videos on YouTube or online to follow. Here is a link of a blog I found helpful: http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/sewing-general/sew-pullover-bibs-sew-for-kids/

 

Make your Own Wipes

Believe it or not, baby wipes can actually contain harmful ingredients that can harm our babies. Many of the wipes you can buy at the store have been linked to causing allergies, developmental problems, organ dysfunction and even serious diseases like cancer. Many moms don’t know the harmful effects of store bought baby wipes. All natural wipes can be very expensive, and it’s why most moms lean towards the less expensive ones. However, you can actually save more money making your own rather than buying regular wipes, and they are just as effective and safe as the all-natural wipes. Making your own baby wipes is fast and simple, and they can last for about a week at a time. You can save over $200 making your own wipes, and most of the products you need are already in your home. All you need is a roll of paper towels, your choice of baby soap and baby oil, and a plastic container to put them in. This is a simple ingredient list and you can find more online with step by step instructions.

No matter what you choose to do the most important thing to remember is your baby will love you no matter what! If it’s more effective for you to buy regular disposable diapers or store made baby bibs that’s fine. But if you love to craft and have time to get creative then try out these fun ideas and savor in their benefits! You don’t need to be a professional when it comes to crafting; all you need is a go-for-it attitude and wait to see what you can accomplish.